Children need professional dental care as much as their parents, although the specifics of children’s dentistry sometimes differ from the dental care that adults receive. Young children should visit the dentist by their first birthday, or shortly after their first tooth appears, and should begin a schedule of routine exams and cleanings by the age of three.
Sealants and Fluoride Treatments
Children’s dentistry typically focuses on prevention and helping children properly develop straight, healthy teeth and oral structures. In some cases, however, direct treatment is needed to stop an issue, like cavities, from growing worse. Because cavities are the most common threat to young teeth, two commonly prescribed children’s dental treatments include sealants and fluoride – both of which are designed to improve cavity prevention.
Fluoride strengthens the protective layer of enamel on your child’s teeth, boosting the ability to ward off harmful oral bacteria. Dental sealants are a thin layer of biocompatible plastic that are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth, preventing bacteria and food debris from gathering in the crevices between the cusps.
If more complex treatment is needed, such as orthodontic or other specialized correction, then Dr. Bonura may recommend a trusted specialist to provide the best treatment for your child.
Call Dr. Caytlyn Bonura at Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM!
As a true family dentist, Dr. Caytlyn Bonura offers caring, patient-centered dentistry in a welcoming, comfortable environment. From young children to teens, and adults of all ages, Silver Smiles offers a comprehensive list of family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services that are tailored to your specific needs. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bonura, call Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699. We also proudly welcome patients from Lordsburg, Bayard, Deming, and all surrounding communities.